We take a look at some of the automotive careers that you might want.
The journey of a car, motorcycle or any other vehicle for that matter is a long one and it takes lots of different people working at different stages to complete that journey. This means that there are lots of job roles within the automotive industry, one of which might suit your skills.
At the initial stages there will be people working on research and development and design engineers who take the initial ideas and turn these into technical drawings so that the vehicle can be produced.
From design to production
Automotive engineers work at the design, development and production stages. For example, as a design engineer you would use computer aided design (CAD) software to produce technical drawings either in 2D or 3D. These drawings will then be used by development engineers to build and test prototypes.
Once the vehicle has been manufactured according to design somebody has to market that vehicle so that people want to buy it and after this, it takes sales people to assist customers in their purchase.
Marketing and PR careers involve varied work and include online as well as in print promotion in addition to larger scale campaigns that can include launch events and TV and radio advertising all of which are vital to the success of a product. Once you’ve created an interest it takes excellent sales people to promote and sell the vehicle to members of the public.
Jobs in automotive don’t stop once a customer has bought a vehicle. Every car that is more than three years old needs an MOT and mechanics are needed for servicing, maintenance and repairs. This means that there is a need for MOT testers, mechanics and technicians.
We have only covered a few key roles here; there are plenty of other jobs within the industry too from business and office managers to jobs in finance and accountancy and even specialist lawyers and cyber-security experts.
The route that you take into a career in the automotive industry will depend on what you want to do and each role requires a different set of skills and qualifications. There are many apprenticeship options, starting at level two and going up as far as a degree apprenticeship as well as vocational and academic options so it’s worth you looking into all of these.